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Beaverdam, Doswell and Montpelier – Debbie Murphy

January 19, 2017


Okay, well we have made it half way through January, so spring is getting closer and closer and things are heating up in our community as well. There are some wonderful opportunities to be fed breakfast and stew and also to enjoy some great bluegrass music.
First, there is an all-you-can-eat Salt Fish Breakfast to include scrambled eggs, bacon, potatoes, spiced apples, biscuits, cornbread, coffee, and juice at the Doswell Community Center located at 16433 N. Washington Highway, Doswell sponsored by the Doswell Ruritan Club Saturday, Jan. 21, from 6 to 9 a.m. Take-out plates will be available. The cost is $9 for adults and $4 for children ages 4-10.
Then, on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. the progressive bluegrass band “East of Afton” will be in concert in the renovated bays of Zion Christian Church’s former Beaverdam Firehouse at 16158 Beaverdam School Road in downtown Beaverdam.
This will be an exciting preview concert of the Richmond Bluegrass Jam in March at the Glen Allen Cultural Arts Center – an annual event to raise funds to support the Fisher House, a home where military families stay while their veterans and soldiers are at the Veterans’ Hospital. Net proceeds from the concert will go to support the Fisher House.
Admission is $5 for adults; children under 18 are free. Coffee, soft drinks and snacks will be available. For additional information, go to or
The ever-so-popular Stew is coming up sponsored by the Doswell Fire Company 4 which will again manage their annual Brunswick Stew Sale fundraiser.  For pick-up Feb. 4, the day before Super Bowl 51 the cost is $7 per quart, for pick-up between noon and 3 p.m.  Jan. 30 is the deadline to place your orders. They are proud of this award-winning recipe.  Last fall our Firefighters took second place in a regional Brunswick stew cook-off held in Richmond. Call ahead to order, (804) 357-8590 or (804) 876-3880. Please support their very dedicated service and enjoy some really good stew! All proceeds benefit the fire company and will be used for training, uniforms, supplies and equipment. Please call to show your support for their continued service to our community!
There are lots of programs coming up in January at the Lois Wickham Jones/Montpelier Branch Library.
Genealogy Research Resources at the Montpelier Branch Library Saturday, Jan. 28, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Find out more about the family and local history collections at the Page Memorial Library. Then explore online genealogical information to help build your family tree at the Montpelier Branch Library. Call or visit the Montpelier Branch Library by Jan. 21 to register. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Montpelier Library.
Storytimes at the Montpelier Branch Library Wednesdays, Jan. 18, and 25. Family (all ages) 10 a.m.
Sweetheart of a Day at the Montpelier Branch Library Saturday, Feb. 4, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Ages 5-10. Make a building out of heart candy and toothpicks. Construct a catapult using conversation hearts? How about homemade play dough? These activities are fun, creative, and educational. Don’t miss it! Snacks provided by the Friends of the Montpelier Library.
Paws to READ at the Montpelier Branch Library Thursday, Feb. 9, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Is your child a reluctant reader? Sign them up for a 20-minute session reading to Chrissie, a Paws to READ reading education assistance dog.  Call or visit the branch to sign up.
Second Saturday LEGO Club at the Montpelier Branch Library Saturday, Feb. 11, from 11 a.m. to noon. All ages. You bring your ideas, we’ll provide the bricks!  Buildings, superheroes, animals – the sky’s the limit! Enter to win a LEGO book, too. Snacks provided by the Friends of the Montpelier Library.
Storytimes at the Montpelier Branch Library Wednesdays, Feb. 1, 8, 15, and 22. Family (all ages) 10 a.m.
Call (804) 883-7116 or visit the library at 17205 Sycamore Tavern Lane for more information.
Please let me know if you have any other news you’d like to share, too, such as births, marriages, birthdays, retirements, etc. I’m always looking for good news to share! My email address is; my fax number is (804) 752-7858 and my phone number is (804) 227-3664.